BIRCH BAY WATERSHED & AQUATIC RESOURCES MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

The Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resources Management (BBWARM) District was created in response to community concerns about water quality, flooding, and loss of aquatic habitat in the Birch Bay Watershed. BBWARM’s stormwater program focuses on protecting water quality and reducing stormwater impacts. Explore our website to learn more about what BBWARM is doing and how you can get involved.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Advisory Committee Meeting:

The next regular business meeting will be held September 18, 2019 from 6-8pm at the BP Heron Center 7290 Birch Bay Dr, Blaine, WA.

*Parking fees will be covered for individuals attending the meeting. Please bring your Discover Pass if you have one.

NEWS & EVENTS

*Click here for a full list of upcoming and past events.

Watershed Watchers Adopt-a-Block Kits Available Now!

The Birch Bay Watershed Watchers are excited to announce that the Adopt-A-Block kits are now available to check out at the Birch Bay Visitor Information Center! Do you know a street, park, or portion of beach that could use a little extra love? If so, we want to hear from you! We are looking for individuals, community groups, and businesses to adopt portions of the community and commit to keep them free of garbage, debris and other contaminants. The kits are supplied with lawn signs, safety vests, trash pickers, garbage bags, gloves, and storm drain markers. For more information, please contact Lars Olson via email: LOlson@co.whatcom.wa.us or call 360-778-6298.

Birch Bay Shoreline Restoration Groundbreaking

The Birch Bay Drive and Pedestrian Facility Groundbreaking is scheduled for September 6 from 11am-1pm. More information on this project can be found here.

September 14, 2019

10:00 AM

Save the Date! Run with the Chums 2019

Join the Chums of Terrell Creek for this fun event during Whatcom Water Week!

Run or walk on a scenic loop through the BP Highlands and learn more about watershed health while taking care of your own health.

This family friendly even offers a kids' smolt sprint, prizes and more!!

* Free t-shirts (to the first 300 participants)

* Free raffle with lots of cool prizes

* Refreshments

* 1k Smolt Sprint for kids at 10:00 am, ribbons for all racers

* Kids activities

* Guest speakers

* Beautiful location for a morning run or walk

* Exhibits and information tables

* Route is off the roads. Paved and gravel trails

Visit the Whatcom Conservation District website for more information!


September 18, 2019

6:00 PM-8:00 PM

September Advisory Committee Meeting

BP Heron Center, Birch Bay State Park

The next Advisory Committee meeting will be held September 18, 2019 from 6-8pm at the BP Heron Center 7290 Birch Bay Dr, Blaine, WA.

*Parking fees will be covered for individuals attending the meeting. Please bring your Discover Pass if you have one.

October 15, 2019

6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Farm Speaker Series:

Farm Funding Opportunities

WECU, Ferndale

Funding your dreams can be one of the trickier parts of growing your farm. Many farmers are not aware of all the resources available for financial support. Come make direct connections with funding agencies and hear a panel of successful grant recipients from the local farm community.

The Farm Speaker Series of events is organized by the Whatcom Conservation District. Click here to learn more about this event, and click here to see other events in the series.

October 19, 2019

10:00 AM

Orca Recovery Day

Along the Nooksack River in Ferndale

Join Whatcom Conservation District and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement to celebrate orcas by restoring critical chinook salmon habitat along the Nooksack River in Ferndale. We will work together to plant his property, owned by WA Department of Fish & Wildlife, in order to conserve the habitat that salmon thrive in. Parking TBD Look for the blue NSEA tents to sign in.

Click here for more information.


November 23, 2019

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NSEA Terrell Creek Work Party

Park at 7039 Jackson Rd

Join NSEA, Whatcom Conservation District, and BBWARM to help restore a forest for salmon along Terrell Creek! From Bellingham, head north on I-5 and take Exit 266 (WA-548 N/ Grandview Rd.). Turn left on Grandview Rd. and continue for 7 miles. Turn right on Jackson Rd. and park at the former Birch Bay Bible Community Church (7039 Jackson Rd.). Look for the blue NSEA tents to sign-in.

We’ll bring the tools and gloves – all you have to do is wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Snacks courtesy of The Bagelry and the Community Food Co-Op. Coffee provided thanks to NSEA’s official coffee sponsor, Tony’s Coffee.

Bring your friends, family and enthusiasm, and we’ll see you at the creek! All ages are welcome. Volunteers under 18 years old must bring a Youth Liability Release Form. Minors under 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Click here for more information.


Adopt-a-Block Lawn Signs

Would you like your very own BBWARM Watershed Watchers Adopt-a-Block lawn sign? Adopt a section of road, beach, stream or park within Birch Bay and commit to keeping it free of trash and debris- it's that simple! As the saying goes, many hands make light work. Let's all pitch in and keep this beautiful bay clean! To get involved in the program, contact Holly Faulstich.

BBWARM Financial & Annual Report Now Available

Click here to view to latest BBWARM Financial & Annual Report.